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Motorists Rescue Driver From Burning Car Following Crash on Lynwood Freeway

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A group of passersby sprang into action to rescue a driver who was trapped in a burning car following a solo-vehicle crash on a freeway transition road in Lynwood early Thursday, according to CHP.

A group of motorists rescued a driver from a burning car in Lywnood on Aug. 13, 2015. (Credit: Loudlabs)

A group of motorists rescued a driver from a burning car in Lywnood on Aug. 13, 2015. (Credit: Loudlabs)

The driver was transitioning between the northbound 710 Freeway and westbound 105 Freeway just before 1 a.m. when his vehicle went off the roadway, collided into a pole and burst into flames, according to the California Highway Patrol’s incident log.

The victim was then rescued by a group of passing motorists who stopped their cars to help once they saw the fiery wreck on the side of the freeway.

“I was just driving by, I see a big old fire, and then people were out here helping this guy out,” said Dante Chestnut, who was among those who assisted the driver.

He continued, “They asked me if I could help pull him away from the burning car, because it was about to blow up – the gas tank had blown up and everything while we were doing it – so I hopped out and pulled him away from the car.”

Chestnut added that the victim was conscious and talking, but appeared to be “all messed up.”

The CHP log confirmed that a group of passersby had taken the man out of the vehicle and away from the burning wreckage.

Paramedics arrived at the scene and transported the unidentified driver to a hospital. His condition was not immediately known.

The cause of the crash was under investigation.